Review: The Crowne Plaza

Bucks Free Press: Review: The Crowne Plaza Review: The Crowne Plaza

AS you approach The Crowne Plaza Hotel's entrance doors you are immediately struck with how modern the building is.

The walkway, with the fountain, leading up to reception, all looks very in keeping with the 21st century and you could be forgiven for mistaking it for a hotel built in the last couple of years.

The interior is spacious and swanky, as you go up to check in.

A large lobby then proceeds into another substantial space, split into a bar and a restaurant, where I ate both dinner and breakfast.

Upstairs, there is a extremely large function room and another bar, where I have been in the past. It is capable of seating hundreds of people and often special events are held there with star guests. Recently, Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman was the man in question, promoting his new book.

To the right of the lobby through some doors the stairs led up to the bedrooms.

I was very pleasantly surprised at how nice my room was as soon as I walked in. The double bed was almost a triple it was so big! And it was very comfortable. The television was enormous. I'm not sure what the screen size was but much bigger than any I have at home.

The bathroom had both a shower and a very good sized bath tub. In fact the latter was a lot more roomy than most hotels have, based on my own experiences and made for a relaxing soak.

The hotel even provides a proper office style desk in the room, with a swivel chair and cable access to the internet. It is clearly catering for business people who have to do some work, maybe check their emails on their laptops whilst staying.

There was plenty of storage space for clothes and a number of comfy seats, meaning it can easily accommodate a couple of guests.

The hotel has a leisure area – called the Quad Club. Aside from a gym, there is a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and two jacuzzis – one indoor and one out.

I tried it out the first evening I was there, having a half hour swim and relaxing afterwards.

The pool was pretty much empty and I was able to swim lengths in the lane, which was quite wide compared to many pools, without ever having to avoid any one swimming past.

Sometimes jacuzzis are a let down because they are not heated properly all day long at some resorts, but these were excellent and very warm. The sauna and steam rooms can fit quite a few people in and are right next to the pool.

The changing rooms were sizeable, with decent lockers and clean.

The morning after I arrived I discovered that the buffet breakfast had everything you could possibly ask for. If you like cooked English, there were eggs, bacon – two varieties in fact – sausages, beans, hash browns and more. There were loads of options for cereal and fruit. You could put sliced bread on an open toaster and there were plenty of bread rolls too.

It was all nicely presented and easy to find what you wanted. A waiter came to my table after I'd selected my food and asked for my drink choice. He swiftly brought me a pot of tea.

Getting to the hotel in the first place was a doddle for me, knowing the area and having been to the hotel for various functions and events before. Some people who are from outside the area may find a little trickier because it is somewhat tucked away.

However, the location can be seen as more of a plus point than a negative. It is incredibly close to the M40 and the A404, with its slip road in fact running parallel to the bypass. As long as you have a good set of instructions and you've checked the map before heading out the last part of the journey, around the Globe Park business estate shouldn't really be an issue.

The major plus points of where it is based are that it has a very large car park and you should therefore never have a problem finding a space. Secondly, it's a quiet spot and despite the proximity to a major road you are completely unaware of that.

It was a really enjoyable stay at The Crowne Plaza.

The staff were efficient and helpful and thankfully there were no queries or issues that had to be resolved with my room anyway.

For anyone looking to visit the area, on a business trip or anyone who needs accommodation, for whatever reason, I'd thoroughly recommend staying here.

I can't imagine anyone finding it anything other than an excellent place to stay.

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6:43pm Sun 8 Dec 13

good enough? says...

Is this news or a promotion for Crown Plaza?
Is this news or a promotion for Crown Plaza? good enough?

8:07pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Undercover Euro Yob says...

I think Nadal should write a review of the Roundabout in Bridge Street nearly opposite the (Magnificent) Bus Station.
I think Nadal should write a review of the Roundabout in Bridge Street nearly opposite the (Magnificent) Bus Station. Undercover Euro Yob

8:12pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Undercover Euro Yob says...

This is written in the kind of uncritically admiring and enthusiastic tone the BFP usually employs when writing about local schools - particularly secondary moderns now that they can't praise the grammar schools alone without implicitly dismissing the 70% of local kids who fail the 11+. They also employed it about a planned 'Community Stadium and Sports Village' at Booker.

Crowne Plaza advertises in here though so I suppose Nadal and his bosses can't write anything adversely critical.
This is written in the kind of uncritically admiring and enthusiastic tone the BFP usually employs when writing about local schools - particularly secondary moderns now that they can't praise the grammar schools alone without implicitly dismissing the 70% of local kids who fail the 11+. They also employed it about a planned 'Community Stadium and Sports Village' at Booker. Crowne Plaza advertises in here though so I suppose Nadal and his bosses can't write anything adversely critical. Undercover Euro Yob

8:37pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Undercover Euro Yob says...

This is a strange article - doesn’t James Nadal ever think about what he is writing?

Upstairs, there is a extremely large function …
That should have read ‘Upstairs, there is an extremely large function … ’


I was very pleasantly surprised at how nice my room was as soon as I walked in.
Why were you surprised ( (‘very pleasantly ’) ) - weren’t you expecting a nice room?

It is incredibly close to the M40 and the A404 …
There you are - the first time I have heard of the closeness of somewhere to a motorway - or anything else - referred to as ‘incredible’ closeness.

A piece like this isn’t worth writing or printing - most of the custom for the Crowne Plaza will get its details on the web or elsewhere and the standards of service and comfort will be assessed and spread around by word of mouth as well. Some of the things like a desk and chair are standard in motels and hotels and why do a ‘a couple of guests’ require ’a number of comfy seats’ in order to ’easily accommodate’ them? Wouldn’t it have been better to just say there were enough chairs to seat a number of guests?

This is the sort of thing Adrian Mole would have written the first time he stayed in a grown-up hotel with mum and dad in the room on the opposite side of the corridor.
This is a strange article - doesn’t James Nadal ever think about what he is writing? [italic] Upstairs, there is a extremely large function … [/italic] That should have read ‘Upstairs, there is [italic] an [/italic] extremely large function … ’ [italic] I was very pleasantly surprised at how nice my room was as soon as I walked in. [/italic] Why were you surprised ([italic] (‘very pleasantly ’) [/italic]) - weren’t you expecting a nice room? [italic] It is incredibly close to the M40 and the A404 … [/italic] There you are - the first time I have heard of the closeness of somewhere to a motorway - or anything else - referred to as ‘incredible’ closeness. A piece like this isn’t worth writing or printing - most of the custom for the Crowne Plaza will get its details on the web or elsewhere and the standards of service and comfort will be assessed and spread around by word of mouth as well. Some of the things like a desk and chair are standard in motels and hotels and why do a ‘a couple of guests’ require ’a number of comfy seats’ in order to ’easily accommodate’ them? Wouldn’t it have been better to just say there were enough chairs to seat a number of guests? This is the sort of thing Adrian Mole would have written the first time he stayed in a grown-up hotel with mum and dad in the room on the opposite side of the corridor. Undercover Euro Yob

9:03pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Part of the style here appears to be that everything seems larger than usual at the Crowne Plaza:

’ … you are immediately struck with how modern the building is.

A large lobby …

… extremely large function room

I was very pleasantly surprised

The double bed was almost a triple it was so big!

And it was very comfortable.

The television was enormous.

much bigger than any I have at home.

a very good sized bath tub

Disappointingly the pool was only:

quite wide compared to many pools

The ‘ jacuzzis … were excellent and very warm.

breakfast had everything you could possibly ask for

There were loads of options for cereal and fruit ... there were plenty of bread rolls too.

It was a really enjoyable stay

The staff were efficient and helpful and thankfully there were no queries or issues that had to be resolved with my room anyway.

Here you don’t think they knew you were a BFP hack do you - one who might be going to review the place with a fiercely critical attitude?


Not surprisingly Mr Nadal concludes:

I can't imagine anyone finding it anything other than an excellent place to stay.
Part of the style here appears to be that everything seems larger than usual at the Crowne Plaza: [italic]’ … you are immediately struck with how modern the building is. [/italic]’ ‘[italic] A large lobby … [/italic]’ ‘[italic] [an]… extremely large function room [/italic]’ ‘[italic] I was very pleasantly surprised [/italic]’ ‘[italic] The double bed was almost a triple it was so big! [/italic]’ ‘[italic] And it was very comfortable. [/italic]’ ‘[italic] The television was enormous. [/italic]’ ‘[italic] much bigger than any I have at home. [/italic]’ ‘[italic] a very good sized bath tub [/italic]’ Disappointingly the pool was only: ‘[italic] quite wide compared to many pools [/italic]’ The ‘[italic] jacuzzis … were excellent and very warm. [/italic]’ ‘[italic] breakfast had everything you could possibly ask for [/italic]’ ‘[italic] There were loads of options for cereal and fruit ... there were plenty of bread rolls too. [/italic]’ ‘[italic] It was a really enjoyable stay [/italic] [italic] The staff were efficient and helpful and thankfully there were no queries or issues that had to be resolved with my room anyway. [/italic]’ Here you don’t think they knew you were a BFP hack do you - one who might be going to review the place with a fiercely critical attitude? Not surprisingly Mr Nadal concludes: ‘[italic] I can't imagine anyone finding it anything other than an excellent place to stay. [/italic]’ Undercover Euro Yob

9:06pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Undercover Euro Yob says...

breakfast had everything you could possibly ask for ’ ‘ There were loads of options for cereal and fruit ... there were plenty of bread rolls too.

Why did you make no comment on the cutlery and the crockery - were there enough plates and cereal bowls and knives and forks?
‘[italic] breakfast had everything you could possibly ask for [/italic]’ ‘[italic] There were loads of options for cereal and fruit ... there were plenty of bread rolls too. [/italic]’ Why did you make no comment on the cutlery and the crockery - were there enough plates and cereal bowls and knives and forks? Undercover Euro Yob

12:24am Tue 10 Dec 13

northern_monkey says...

doesn't even provide details of where the Crowne plaza even is! Other than close to M40 and A404. Durgh.
doesn't even provide details of where the Crowne plaza even is! Other than close to M40 and A404. Durgh. northern_monkey

9:54am Tue 10 Dec 13

Mr Vegas says...

Reads like a kid reporting on a school trip. And I love his wonderment at being able to put sliced bread on an open toaster! Er this is nothing special or new in the world of hotel breakfasts...
Reads like a kid reporting on a school trip. And I love his wonderment at being able to put sliced bread on an open toaster! Er this is nothing special or new in the world of hotel breakfasts... Mr Vegas

9:55am Tue 10 Dec 13

Mr Vegas says...

If The Hotel Inspector packs it in James Nadal could be in with a shout of replacing her. Wait until you see a trouser press!
If The Hotel Inspector packs it in James Nadal could be in with a shout of replacing her. Wait until you see a trouser press! Mr Vegas

4:35pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Dr Truth says...

This is what happens when the BFP has to deviate from 'copy & paste' journalism into original work.
This is what happens when the BFP has to deviate from 'copy & paste' journalism into original work. Dr Truth

10:33pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Dr Truth wrote:
This is what happens when the BFP has to deviate from 'copy & paste' journalism into original work.
The words 'journalism', 'original', and 'work' should all have heavy inverted commas around them in that post.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Truth[/bold] wrote: This is what happens when the BFP has to deviate from 'copy & paste' journalism into original work.[/p][/quote]The words 'journalism', 'original', and 'work' should all have heavy inverted commas around them in that post. Undercover Euro Yob

12:16am Wed 11 Dec 13

J B Blackett says...

Mr Vegas wrote:
Reads like a kid reporting on a school trip. And I love his wonderment at being able to put sliced bread on an open toaster! Er this is nothing special or new in the world of hotel breakfasts...
Apparently some people have tried to stuff a whole(meal?) loaf into the Crowne Plaza toasters - as they are not up to reading the instructions , that the CW toasters will only cope with 'Sliced Bread' - allegedly.
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This is not really good enough. The Football League 2 players who stay at the Plaza can't be expected to thinking/worrying about an upcoming very complex very physical (sometimes) interactive ball game and also at the same time to concentrate on making their own breakfasts. It's asking too much - apparently. That's what we've heard , anyway
[quote][p][bold]Mr Vegas[/bold] wrote: Reads like a kid reporting on a school trip. And I love his wonderment at being able to put sliced bread on an open toaster! Er this is nothing special or new in the world of hotel breakfasts...[/p][/quote]Apparently some people have tried to stuff a whole(meal?) loaf into the Crowne Plaza toasters - as they are not up to reading the instructions , that the CW toasters will only cope with 'Sliced Bread' - allegedly. . This is not really good enough. The Football League 2 players who stay at the Plaza can't be expected to thinking/worrying about an upcoming very complex very physical (sometimes) interactive ball game and also at the same time to concentrate on making their own breakfasts. It's asking too much - apparently. That's what we've heard , anyway J B Blackett

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